DeSean Jackson Would Have Been Philadelphia Eagles QB If Nick Foles had Gone Down

By Joe Doris
Dale Zanine-US Presswire

Philadelphia Eagles‘ fans finally got their wish on Sunday when starting QB Michael Vick exited the game with a concussion, and rookie backup Nick Foles saw his first regular season NFL experience against the Dallas Cowboys.

But considering Vick and Foles were the only gun-slingers activated for the Eagles on Sunday, who would have taken over at quarterback if Foles had also gone down with injury?

The signal-calling duties likely would have gone to number one wide-out DeSean Jackson.

With third-string QB Trent Edwards not on the Eagles’ active roster against the Cowboys, WR Jason Avant was to be the emergency quarterback if the opportunity presented itself.

But after Avant pulled up lame and left the match-up with an injured hamstring on the first pass attempt by Foles, the Eagles were almost out of options at QB.

Maybe it would have been a good idea to put Jackson at quarterback. Even though the life-long wide receiver had never played quarterback legitimately in high school, college or the NFL, he couldn’t have fared much worse than Foles did on Sunday.

Foles’ two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) were each returned for touchdowns by the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. Every quarterback knows that turnovers are inevitable, but limiting the opponent’s success and scoring after the turnover is paramount.

At this point in the year, nothing can save the Eagles from their own demise while they are now a ghastly 3-6 after losing five straight contests.

Hey, considering head coach Andy Reid is without a doubt gone as the head coach of the Eagles at season’s end, he might as well get a little tricky, eh?

I say put Jackson behind center, run some spread option, and leave Philadelphia with fans and analysts scratching their heads nation-wide.


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